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Editor’s Vlog & Diary: Love Yourself, Overcoming Insecurity and Comparison

Baby you should go and love yourself…Have you ever scrolled down your Facebook or Instagram feed or been somewhere and found yourself comparing yourself to other people – maybe feeling like you’re behind in life and in your purpose or don’t measure up to others’ standards? I’ve been there!

Here’s an entry from my Dear Diary Video series at where I’m talking about life topics that we can all relate to – this one is avoiding the trap of comparison, judging others and insecurity…(Watch till the end to see me burst out into spontaneous song, my remix of Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself;)


Artist Spotlight and Inspiration: Hannah Schaefer on Her Song All The Way


“Through my music I want people to experience the work of the Holy Spirit…I want to bring hope, faith and love with every song I sing/write and change lives.” hannahallthewayquote
– Hannah Schaefer

For this Artist Spotlight feature 19-year-old Hannah Schaefer introduces herself and the story and passion behind her music and the song “All the Way” which reminds us that we’re never alone no matter what we face in life and when living our purpose – I was so encouraged by the message! Take a listen to the song below and click here to get her EP on iTunes!


Hannah’s Story

I grew up in the small town of Columbia City, Indiana. My childhood memories consists of catching frogs on warm summer nights at my grandparents lake house and, in the winter time, pretending to be a professional snow boarder down the hill in my backyard. I’ve loved growing up in a flyover state where Jesus is frequently the center of it all.

In high school I was heavily involved in ANYTHING musical. I was apart of many things, but my main focus was show choir and youth activities at my church. I would sing and lead the congregation at church; loving every bit of it. I studied classically for a few years and after high school graduation, I planned on attending Indiana University with a scholarship to study Vocal Performance.

Even after I made my college decision, I could just feel the Lord calling me to do bigger and better things for Him. About two weeks after my graduation party, It really hit me that the calling was to pursue becoming a Christian Artist. I just knew that was what I was suppose to do. So, I took a great leap of faith and told my parents (which was pretty scary) then gave up my scholarship.

“I had gotten so caught up in the world that I had forgotten to relax and trust my God…”


Live On Purpose: New Mugs Based on Your Favorite Dream in Soul T-Shirts


“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16.

A life without purpose is one of randomness and without fulfillment or direction. Everyone has purpose and discovering our purpose in God is what should drive us to live a life full of love and meaning impacting the lives of others. Remind yourself to live on purpose everyday with one of these new mugs from the Dream in Soul Line of Envibrance Inspirational Gifts!

The Live On Purpose design is one of the favorite T-shirts from our line, featured below in Karis Magazine, so we wanted to share more ways to remind you and others of this message. Remember to live on Purpose everyday and proclaim God’s name and power on the Earth by living out your divine dreams!

– Julene Fleurmond, Editor of

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Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story Book by Trip Lee

“Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story” is the title of a book recently released by Trip Lee. Below Trip talks about why he wrote it and why he encourages this generation to RISE:

Society says youth is a time for carefree self-expression, but Trip Lee says God has called everyone to RISE from slumber, above low expectations, and to live for the risen King.

The world tells us that our early years are to be irresponsibly enjoyed rather than devoted to meaningful pursuits. We’re told that responsibility and commitment are burdens to be put off as long as possible. And so, most of us spend our youth in a sad state of slumber—sleeping in on life until we’re forced to get up. The problem is that life has already begun. It’s happening right now. And God has called you to live it.

In this powerful book, Trip Lee argues it’s time to wake up and RISE, to live the way we were created to live. Young or old, we’ve been called to live for Him. Right now. Young believers face the same problems as older Christians, but they feel them in unique ways. RISE addresses those core problems in an engaging, profound, and life-changing way.

Don’t just sit there: RISE!

The Lord Will Fight for You: Encouragement from the Word and an Inspirational College Student

Inspiration from the Halls of College…

We’ve featured Shirley’s inspiring videos (find her at FarAwayDistance on Youtube) before on SOAR. Since then she’s started college and has been learning to grow closer to God throughout the struggles and journey. In this video she shares how no matter what you’re going through God will stand and fight for you – you just have to trust Him with your battles.

Some of the verses Shirley shares in this video:

This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” from 2 Chronicles 20

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? from Romans 8

This God—His way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him. from Psalm 18

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. from Exodus 14

From Shirley: Sorry it’s been so long! College is crazy! But you are BEAUTIFUL and I just want you to know that no matter what you’re going through, you’re not alone. God is with you no matter what you’re facing. Keep holding on. God is GREATER than whatever you are facing.

Editor’s Journal and Inspiration: Truth and Love…It All Begins with Trust

Our hearts long for love, to be restored to the place where we were fulfilled without end. Trust is where it all began…

It was 2009 during a dry, lonely season in my life when I had an unexpected encounter that rocked my paradigm. During the experience I had a vivid vision of being in a white dress in what seemed to be a grand forest. My first inkling was, “Is this The Garden?”

There was a calmness, a brilliance, a presence of Love there. Like a little girl I was full of questions- “Father, why…?” I asked. He revealed his heart and love for people from the Beginning, in imagery and passion, an intimate experience I will never forget and could never have imagined on my own…

These words I remember my Father saying there were the most striking to my heart: “Do you trust me?”

Yes. I do. I will follow His way, always. Even when I don’t understand, I will choose Him. Forever… #IamMyBeloveds #HeisMine #trusttheAuthor #theLovestoryofalltime

God is calling you to go deeper into His Love! Your past may have been difficult but it doesn’t eclipse His everlasting Love or plans for your life…He’s been giving me visions of a garden and speaking and singing Song of Songs into my spirit – I believe its a true reflection of His heart for us – we are His Beloved and He is ours, forever and ever…

– Julene Fleurmond, Editor of SOAR

My Beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away…

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.

Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.”

Song of Solomon 2:10-13

Great Gifts for Everyone on Your List from Dream in Soul Creative Apparel & Art by SOAR’s Editor Julene

Give the gift of inspiration with a T-shirt, accessory or gift from SOAR’s official store Dream in Soul Creative Apparel & Art (click here to shop).

When I started Dream in Soul Creative I dreamed of tangibly sharing faith-based inspiration with friends and others. When someone sees you wearing one of these shirts they are taking in truth, hope and light no matter what they may believe.

I’m continually expanding the line and creating designs to fit all types of tastes and styles including Christian T-shirts, faith-based prints, and inspirational accessories. I’ve been able to connect with all types of people and have heard stories of people I’ve been able to impact just by sharing my art with the world.

As we approach the beginning of a new year I want to encourage you to pursue your dreams and purpose because they are planted there for a deeper reason than you know! Keep on sowing seeds and nourishing them by taking steps everyday on purpose! We’re all waiting to see the beauty you’re meant to bring to the world!

Stay tuned for new features on SOAR and find out how you can be a part of the movement!!!

– Julene Fleurmond, Editor of SOAR Magazine, Designer and Dreamer of Dream in Soul Creative

Inspiration & Video Pick: Through My Father’s Eyes from Holly Starr

He changed my life by changing my mind, He healed all that was broken inside…I’m loving what I can see with His spirit alive in me, I’m finding beauty for the first time looking through my Father’s eyes…” Holly Starr

This inspiring video from Holly Starr “Through My Father’s Eyes” from her album Focus, is a soothing reminder to look at our lives and selves through our Father’s eyes… This song and the video are truly beautiful and moving and I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to the message as I did. – Julene, Editor of

Below in a video blog and an interview on FOX News Holly talks a little about the message of song and why she wrote it, to give hope to anyone who may be wavering in their identity and confidence:


The Pre View: An “Inner-view” with Music Artist and Producer t.Jay on Dreams, Faith and Trust

“God plants dreams in your heart and in your soul for a reason…” – t.Jay

Growing up, t.Jay (TJ Pompeo) had a devastating experience that could’ve permanently skewed his spiritual vision. Thankfully, through a myriad of circumstances he realized that the only way to truly see clearly was to keep his eyes focused on the Cross and to give his life and dreams to the One who set him free…

Editor’s Music Pick: Below take a listen to t.Jay’s song “Tomorrow” (ft. Corbett) about waiting on God’s timing for your life and dreams. It’s one of my personal faves from t.Jay’s album The Pre View that you can download here for free.

At age 15, t.Jay embraced his passion for music and started stepping into the rhythm and purpose God placed in his heart by producing and writing songs. As he matured and honed his craft doors started to open for him to share his music on a wider scale. During the summer of 2011, he was discipled by Cross Movement Records group Level 3:16 and embarked on a tour around the nation. Since then, t.Jay has traveled the world, touring in England, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Uruguay, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and many more, and he’s had the privilege of sharing stages with many incredible artists like Da T.R.U.T.H. (check out a video of them performing together below).

t.Jay joins in on Da T.R.U.T.H’s song “Hunger Games” at the Impact12 Conference:

I first came across t.Jay’s music through the Impact Movement (an amazing organization we’ve been supporting for the past few years on Dream in Soul) and we’ve previously posted t.Jay’s song with Level 3:16, LOVE. The fresh vibe he brings (he describes as a mixture of hip hop pop, soul and R&B that can’t be put in a box) and sound messages in his music will impact people of all ages. In this candid interview t.Jay tells us about his journey, overcoming a tough experience in his childhood and how he’s learned to trust God with his life and dreams. Here’s just a preview into what makes his heart – and music – beat…

Dream in Soul: We know you do music, but music isn’t who you are- so let’s start off with who is t.Jay? How would you introduce yourself to us, where are you from, what moves you, etc.?

t.Jay: Right, so like you said, “t.Jay” is my artist name and that’s what fans know me by. Everybody who’s known me for a while just calls me TEEJ. TJ is my real name, and it IS short for something, but you’ll only know what the “T” stands for if you’re friends with me on Facebook. =D I’m 22 years young. I’ve got roots in Long Island, NY, but I was raised in the small city of Harrisonburg, VA. I’m all about family, and the one that I have is absolutely amazing. They’ve all been so key in getting me to where I am as a young man and as an artist. I’m also big on family because I’m very Italian. It’s just who we are. One big happy (and loud) family. Along with my family, my friends and my mentors are equally as incredible. They’ve without a doubt been my motivation through life, music and all. They encourage me consistently, and I’m so grateful for them. What else??? Hmmm. I love cheese sticks, having slap-boxing fights with my friends, and collecting rainbow colored gumballs (JUST kidding… Kind of). My favorite show is the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Denzel is by far my favorite actor. One of my goals in life is to visit all 7 continents. Oh, and I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. Sorry fellas.

Dream in Soul: Can you give some background about your story and how you came to know Christ, how you got started in making music then transitioned to dedicating it to God? Did you start out writing music & producing on your own or were there people instrumental in mentoring you? (Can you also share the significance of the way you write your artist name?).

That’s a long one, but I’ll try to not write a novel. As far as my artist name goes, like you said, there is a story behind the way I’ve decided to spell it. When you think of a capitalized letter, it typically symbolizes something of importance, or something that has significance. Someone’s name, celebrities, the name of a city or state, a type of car, a notable product brand, etc. I decided to make the “t” in my artist name lowercase and the “J” uppercase because I wanted it to symbolize that I have no significance without Jesus. TJ is nothing without Jesus. The “J” in my artist name represents Jesus Christ in me. It’s the only letter capitalized in my artist name because of what I stated above… His name is and always will be more significant than ANY other name to ever exist. My own obviously included. To put it simply… I suck without Jesus.

My story has a very common beginning though. I grew up in church, but never fully understood the concept of actually “walking with” or “following” Christ until I was 18. My life prior to 18 was full of bitterness and anger towards God, mainly due to things that occurred in my upbringing as a little boy.

When I was 8 years old, I was sexually molested by someone who I knew very well. It was absolutely devastating… That event would prove to shape who I would be for the next 10 years of my life. From the ages of 8-13, every single day was a Christian version of Halloween for me. I would wear the mask of Christianity on the exterior to appear like a “good kid,” but on the interior I was angry and I could have cared less about God or Jesus. When I was 14, I decided that I was sick of wearing the mask.. I wanted to live “my” life the way I wanted to live it and ultimately do what I wanted to do. This is also the age where I started experimenting with the typical peer pressures: Party scene, alcohol, drugs, chasing girls, etc. At this time, I also noticed that I really enjoyed the musical genres of Hip-Hop and R&B. All of my family was/is musically inclined (my dad, all three of my older siblings, and all six of my older cousins). They all played a significant role in getting me started with writing music…